PUBLICATIONS: Original 60s mod around town, John was born in Romford, Essex and spent my formative years playing drums in various bands in and around East London but it was with Johns writing that he found his niche not only as editor of the worldwide respected Small Faces (and related) magazine Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette, which goes out worldwide to 5000 readers, but also as a free-lance writer with major music monthlies such as Mojo, Uncut, Loaded and Record Collector. His work also appear on numerous CDs/DVDs for all the major record companies. The first Small Faces book was back in 1996 and was a collaboration with Terry Rawlings and Keith Badman called “Quite Naturally” but his biggest triumph in this field is the Steve Marriott biography “All Too Beautiful” co-written with Paolo Hewitt and published in 2004 by Helter Skelter books. A labour of love, 77 interviews and three years graft but something hes very proud of. A third edition of this highly acclaimed book will be available later this year. A third book co-written with friend Paul Weller entitled “Here Come The Nice” was published in late 2005 and spent many months in the Music book best sellers. Two more books recently released are the Ronnie Lane biography as well as a biography about original Who manager Pete Meadon.
PROMOTIONS: On the Promotions side his biggest venture to date was the very successful, sell-out Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London in April 2004. He promoted and compered the show in front of 5500 fans. The show, entitled “One For The Road” featured many of Rock and Rolls premier league and included amongst others Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene. Other promotions include a sell-out show in 2001 at the London Astoria in memory of Steve Marriott, ex Small Face, who had died in a house fire some ten years earlier (to the day). This concert once again featured Rock’s finest including Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Peter Frampton, Small Faces Kenney and Mac, Midge Ure and many, many more.
An Audience With Alan Hudson
by John Hellier
Alan Hudson was a players player, a fans player and an artist. A man with all the gifts! He was the quintessential cockney rebel and had style, charisma and flamboyance not only on the pitch but off the pitch as well. The original rebellious Kings Road kid burst onto the football scene at a time that London was truly swinging, and comparisons were obviously made with the irresistible George Best
The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette - Best Bits
by John Hellier
The Mod Revival of 1979 revolved around The Who, The Small Faces were largely forgotten. There was the occasional compilation album but nothing in print; so in steps John Hellier and his worldwide selling fanzine ‘Darlings of Wapping Wharf Launderette. 40 issues on, it was time for a ‘Best Bits’ compilation in the form of an A5 book and here we are! Definitely the BEST Small Faces publication ever
Ronnie Lane - Can You Show Me A Dream
by John Hellier & Paolo Hewitt
Ronald Frederick “Ronnie” Lane was an English musician, songwriter, and producer who is best known as the bass guitarist and founding member of two prominent English rock and roll bands: the Small Faces where he was nicknamed “Plonk” and, after losing the band’s frontman, the Faces, with two new members added to the line-up (from The Jeff Beck Group), who dubbed him “Three-Piece”.
I'm The Face - The Official Peter Meaden Story
by John Hellier & Pete Wilky
I'm The Face - The Official Peter Meaden Story.. Written by Pete Wilky & John Hellier.. Few music genres are as inspiring, encapsulating or enduring as the ultra-stylish British Mod scene and few pioneers are as revered as much as 'the original Mod-god' and archetypal 'Face' Mr Peter Meaden, who was and still is hugely respected by those who know their popular music history.